Recent Comments


Unfortunately, due to ill-health, this plugin has not been developed or supported properly for some years. It works with the latest versions of WordPress (including on this website) but could possibly conflict with any WordPress features added after 2008 — e.g. custom post types — if you use them.


This plugin displays a list of the most recent comments to your blog in a highly customisable way.

This is version download latest version. It is compatible with WordPress 1.5–2.6.2.

Please note the new upgrade instructions!

The plugin has an settings page which lets you change how the output is generated and displayed.

Installation Instructions

  1. If upgrading from a previous version, first deactivate the plugin via the Plugins page and delete the plugin folder from your server.
  2. Upload the plugin folder to your /wp-content/plugins/ directory. You will also need to install the Post-Plugin Library.
  3. Go to your admin Plugins page and activate Recent Comments.
  4. Put<!--?php recent_comments(); ?--> at the place in your theme files where you want the list of similar posts to appear. Lorelle on WordPress has a good guide to modifying themes for plugins. If you are using a widget-ready theme the plugin can be placed from the widget admin page.
  5. Use the admin Options|Recent Comments page to set all the available options. Alternatively, the options can be overridden by passing a parameter to the recent_comments template tag.

Usage and Options

The configuration page will help you to set up the plugin to your satisfaction.

If you also install the latest version of Plugin Output Cache the output of this plugin will be automatically cached for efficiency.


  • 1. charger  |  March 14th, 2009 at 12:25 pm

    Great ths, save my time a lot

  • 2. Drupal Web Development  |  March 14th, 2009 at 12:29 pm

    Nice writing style. Looking forward to reading more from you.

  • 3. jfwong  |  March 23rd, 2009 at 9:41 am

    Dear Sir:

    I tried to test this plugin and found a strange result : I always get the oldest comment for each post.
    ( just plugin and put on )

    Is there something wrong in my setting ?
    Thanks !

  • 4.  |  March 24th, 2009 at 6:49 am

    Nice writing style. Looking forward to reading more from you.

  • 5. tbronson  |  April 4th, 2009 at 3:54 am

    Is there an easy way to paginate Recent Comments output?

    I’m using RC to list of ALL comments on a WP page.

    The number of comments has gotten to the point where trying to place them all on a single page exceeds available PHP memory.


  • 6. Hammer  |  April 9th, 2009 at 11:20 am

    Hi Rob,

    Excluding categories in recent comments does not work for me on 2.7. I am using the latest version. Does it require latest version of the Post-Plugin Library. Do clarify.


  • 7. kalpde  |  April 11th, 2009 at 2:05 pm

    ThankS plinGs

  • 8. Annie Ted  |  April 22nd, 2009 at 9:32 am

    Hi Rob,

    Thanks for this post. We are new to this and created a blog using wordpress

  • 9. Paul  |  April 23rd, 2009 at 7:46 pm

    How about a “Random Comments” plugin? Or how hard would it be for me to convert “Recent Comments” into “Random Comments”?

  • 10. Jermaine\'s Work From Home Blog  |  April 25th, 2009 at 1:56 am

    The recent comments widget is so awesome. I don’t really understand why this has never been thought up before. Using the recent comments widget can also help you monitor your visitors. most of the time it gives you a good idea. I like these instructions provided, really nice of you to post them.

  • 11. Rockwell Sonicrafter  |  April 27th, 2009 at 3:30 pm

    I debated a couple of years about purchasing a tool like this. At first, Fein was the only option and just for home use it was too much money for me to justify purchasing. Now that there are reasonably priced choices, I purchased the 37 piece Rockwell kit and added some accessories. Honestly, I felt like it was a gamble. Many reviews say the blades don’t last and they come loose all the time. I rolled the dice. I WON!!!

  • 12. EIP  |  June 3rd, 2009 at 4:42 pm

    This is wonderful. Thank you so much!

  • 13. George Serradinho  |  June 4th, 2009 at 7:00 am

    Wow, this is a cool plugin.

    I already have your random and popular posts plugin installed on my site and they are just awesome. I think this plugin could also fit into my site as the normal recent comments of WP is dull and boring.

  • 14. reem  |  June 6th, 2009 at 12:58 am

    hey,nice plugin but how can i show avatars with recent comments ?

  • 15. sam  |  June 19th, 2009 at 7:07 am

    Hi, how do I add “recent comments” into a particular page? I would like to insert it into one specific page (and not a template if that’s possible).

    – thanks


  • 16. Boston SEO  |  July 2nd, 2009 at 3:04 pm

    What great, responsive help! Keep up the good work.

  • 17. Love poems & Love Quotes  |  July 4th, 2009 at 5:17 pm

    The recent comment plugin was been the pinnacle of blogging in 2007. 2.6 was alright at the time, but top commentator is so much better. Nice post, and thanks for the extensions.

  • 18. Missy H  |  August 30th, 2011 at 5:14 pm

    I, too, have the same problem as above, I downloaded the most recent version of this plugin and uploaded it to my plugins dir and it wouldn’t show up in the list of available plugins in order for me to activate it.

    Do you know how to fix this, is anyone else having this same problem? Any help would be greatly appreciated.

    Thank you!